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Here's One For The Ladies: A Prince, His Princess, And A Lexus

On: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:49PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Prince Albert II's Royal Lexus test 2

Thanks to my wife there’s a People magazine cluttering up my mailbox every week. And as I’m contemplating throwing it immediately in the recycler or waiting until she reads it and then throwing it out, I can’t help but notice whatever cover-page foofaraw their “editors” are screaming about in 100-point type.

If I’m not mistaken there was recently some to-do about the Queen of England getting married to some hot chick with a hyphenated last name even though that hot chick’s sister was wearing a better dress or some such thing.


There Are Cobras, And Then There Are Cobras; This Is The Latter.

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:53PM | By: Andrew W Davis


'63 Shelby Cobra Demonstrator at Mecum test 2

Known to folks that know these things as the “Shelby Demonstrator,” CSX 2096—a 1963 289 Cobra—was “one of a small handful of cars used for such PR purposes as the September 1963 Motor Trend road test and the August 1963 Playboy cover shoot.”

[It also served for 15 months in a “dealer demo”-style capacity at Shelby American, thus the name.]

Your chance to buy one of the most noteworthy Shelbys comes this Friday, May 20, sometime in the afternoon/evening during Mecum Auctions’ “Original Spring Classic Auction” coming to you live at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or from there via “HD Theater, a Discovery Network.”

Can Mecum get a million or more for it? Maybe…


From Gullwings To Rotary Wings: Helo Takes Mercedes Brand To New Heights

On: Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis


From Gullwings To Rotary Wings: Helo Takes Mercedes Brand To New Heights test 1-1

Yes, you read that right: Mercedes-Benz is getting into the helicopter business and I enjoy using terrible puns.

Unveiled at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva—and delivered to its first customer today—the EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style" helicopter is a joint venture with Eurocopter (want to guess where they are and what they build?).

[That odd “Mercedes-Benz Style” bit is THEIR idea. I know how to use quotation marks properly.]


Bertone To Sell A Sextet Of Show-Stopping Sirens

On: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 10:50AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Photo illustration by author test 2

I’ve already covered many of the classic confections due to be sold May 21 when RM Auctions has their sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy.

And as rare as they all might be, none can claim to be “one-of-one,” nor can they boast having been a show-stopping show car created from one of the finest automotive design houses on the planet, Bertone S.P.A.

Yup, it’s that Bertone, and each of the six vehicles being sold there comes directly from the design house’s own collection. Some, like the Lamborghini Marzal and Lancia Stratos HF Zero, are world-famous and rightly so, while the others are less well-known and, in turn, less expensive.

So if you’re looking to add some crown jewels to your collection and have a thing for Italian design straight from the source, here’s your one and only chance.

Get to it!


 

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: Hybrid Theory?

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet test 2

Once every decade or so, one of these vehicles comes around; they aren't quite tough enough to be considered trucks or even SUVs, but somehow they don't display enough sedan DNA to be considered cars either. In the past, the most recent example was the 1999-2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS convertible that you can see in the 2000 film Mission to Mars (Gary Sinise rolls up several years in the future). Ten years before that, the Geo Tracker and Suzuki Sidekick showed up with the looks of a dwarfed SUV, but the driving characteristics of a tall compact car.  

It's been exactly a decade since the end of Isuzu's run in America with its VehiCross-over, and sure enough we have the newest addition to this group of misfit toys:  The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. It's an interesting vehicle to say the least, but to be honest; we are not entirely sure what purpose it serves, especially in this day and economic age. Sure, small SUV sales are up a bit in recent years, and everyone loves a convertible, but those two things don't necessarily go well together, kind of like honey mustard and Rice Krispies Treats. 


Porsche Introduces An RSR You Can Put Plates On With Its GT3 RS 4.0

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Andrew W Davis


2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 test 2

You’d think, at some point, the laws of physics would step in and tell Porsche enough’s enough.

I don’t know if the crew in Stuttgart have incriminating photos of Father Time cavorting with Mother Nature or some such blackmail item, but I hope all parties will come clean before they let Porsche unveil the 911 that finally destroys time and space as we know it.

And they’re getting close.

Very close.


Blue On Black: Mopar '11 Charger Revealed

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:19AM | By: Andrew W Davis


2011 Mopar '11 Charger production model test 2

Though there’s already a rather thick lineup of Dodge Charger models, those crazy kids at Mopar have gone ahead and added one more: the Mopar '11 Charger.

Intended to fill the gap between R/T and SRT, this murdered-out Mopar is meant to give buyers an idea of what they, the Mopar catalog, and a high-limit credit card could do to the already zoomy Charger R/T.

Just 1,000 Mopar ’11 Chargers will be built—900 for us, 100 for Canada—with MSRP of $39,750, or $4,580 higher than the most expensive Charger, the $35,170 Charger R/T Max.

[It joins the Charger R/T ($30,170), R/T Plus ($32,170) and R/T Road and Track Package ($33,170) models already offered by Dodge. I told you the lineup was thick, and those are just the R/Ts….]

But let’s get to what that Mopar-izing means to you…


Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept

On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes SLS AMG Ambulance Concept test 2

If I were in need of emergency medical assistance, the last vehicle I'd expect (or want) to show up is a Mercedes SLS AMG. I suppose it could probably get there a little faster than your average ambulance, but once there, what exactly are you going to do—get scrunched into the passenger seat or trunk?

Luckily for those requiring emergency aid in the future, the SLS AMG emergency medical vehicle is just a concept that Mercedes designed for the RETTmobil show going on now in Germany.


Just What You Needed: 2,000-HP Armored Crossover That Tows Yachts

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Dartz Prombron Nagel test 2

You know when you just completed a hundred-million-dollar bank heist and need to make a getaway to the marina so that you can boat away to international waters? No? Well, if that scenario ever does arise, you now have the getaway car to use.

Dartz Prombron, a Russian armored car company that's made a name for itself in oddball tunes that incorporate things like whale-penis leather, has what it calls "the world’s first armored Sportback, designed for pulling yachts." You know, there's a reason that some niches haven't been filled.


Porsche Introduces Cayman S Black Edition

On: Wed, May 11, 2011 at 2:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Cayman S Black Edition  test 2

You probably know this already, but it's a new month. You know what that means? Porsche has a new version of one of its cars to debut. Following in the footsteps of February's Boxster S Black Edition and the 911 Black Edition before that, Porsche has blacked-out the Cayman in a bit of a hat tip to the current generation model, which is set to be replaced within the next year.

As you'd likely guess, the Cayman S Black Edition gets the black paint treatment outside. Inside, it gets black sports seats, black trim, black instrument dials, a sports steering wheel, and stainless steel entry guards with "Black Edition" badging, and a commemorative badge on the glove compartment. The Porsche Sound Plus Package brings infotainment with Porsche Communication Management. The car sits on 19-inch, black Boxster Spyder wheels—8.5 inches wide up-front, 10 in back.


Jaguar Announces It's Back In The Supercar Business With Its C-X75

On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid supercar test 2

Remember the XJ 220? Jaguar would probably prefer that you didn't. It's not that is was a bad car per se, it's just that so many compromises were made during its for-production development that the original car-show darling, which attracted more blank-check buyers than could be accommodated in 1989, was turned into a road car; people actually sued Jaguar to get out of buying once they saw the production version in late 1991.

Chief culprit was the switch from the concept's big V12 engine and all-wheel drive to a turbo V6 and rear-drive. Granted, what buyers that went through with their purchases got in 1992 was still a high-performance machine—it still set closed-course speed records in excess of the 220 mph its name implied—but the fact that many still lingered unsold in 1997 shows that when you promise a supercar full of superlatives, you better deliver (without spiking the MSRP after delivering half the promised cylinders).

[Boy, if all those who were adamant that a flagship Jaguar had to have a V12 were freaked-out by a V6, reading the specs of the 2013 C-X75 will probably make their heads explode….]